Explore the aircraft, cutters and boats used by the Coast Guard to conduct various missions throughout the world.
PACIFIC OCEAN (July 29, 2018) The U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf (WMSL 750) is underway July 29, during Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC). Twenty-five nations, 46 ships and five submarines, about 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 27 to Aug. 2 in and around the Hawaiian Island and Southern California. The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships among the participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2018 is the 26th exercise in the series that began in 1971. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class David Weydert/Released)
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton's crewmembers aboard Coast Guard small boat return to Stratton after a humanitarian assistance/disaster relief event for Rim of Pacific Exercise 2016, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. Twenty-six nations, 49 ships, six submarines, about 200 aircraft, and 25,00 personnel are participating in RIMPAC from June 29 to Aug. 4 in and around the Hawaiian Islands and Southern California. The world's largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity while fostering and sustaining cooperative relationships between participants critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world's oceans. RIMPAC 2016 is the 25th exercise in the series that began in 1971. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Loumania Stewart
Crewmembers of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche examine a propellor before the ship leaves drydock in Seattle, Wash., May 22, 2018. The Waesche is a 418-foot Legend-class National Security Cutter homeported in in Alameda, California. U. S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Ayla Kelley.
Crew members aboard Coast Guard Cutter Bertholf roll an Air Station Humboldt Bay MH-65 Dolphin helicopter from the cutter’s hanger bay out to the flight deck while the cutter was conducting a counter drug patrol in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, March 2, 2018. National Security Cutters like Bertholf have two hanger bays for storing aircraft and providing a shelter for mechanics to service the aircraft. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew S. Masaschi
The national security cutter is the largest and most technologically advanced of the service's new cutters. It features modern command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities and provide interoperability with U.S. Navy systems and a common operational picture to enhance maritime Domain awareness.
The national security cutter (NSC) acquisitions program address the Coast guard's need for open-ocean patrol cutters with the seakeeping, habitability, endurance and technological advancement to serve as command and control centers in the most demanding maritime environments. Each NSC is built to serve as operational-level headquarters for complex law enforcement defense and national security missions involving Coast Guard and multiple partner agency participation. The NSCs feature advanced command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance equipment; aviation support facilities; stern cutter boat launch; and long-endurance station keeping. The ships are replacing the378-foot high endurance cutters, which have been in service since the 1960s.The NSCs have already begun to show the value of their capabilities to mission execution. The Coast Guard and its interagency partners set a record in fiscal year 2017 by removing more than 455,000 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $6 billion, in the execution of drug interdiction missions. NSCs contributed to this impressive record by interdicting approximately 160,000 pounds of cocaine – more than one-third of the service’s total and about 74,000 pounds more than last year – valued at over$2.15 billion.
Acquisition Directorate: https://www.dcms.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Assistant-Commandant-for-Acquisitions-CG-9/Programs/Surface-Programs/National-Security-Cutter/
Coast Guard Cutter Stratton: https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Cutters/cgcStratton/